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June 23, 2013

Community meeting to address McCoole fire coverage

First gathering of residents got ‘mixed reaction’

McCOOLE — The Allegany County Emergency Services Board will meet with McCoole area residents Monday at 7 p.m. to continue hearing the community’s thoughts about future firefighting alternatives there.

The gathering will be at Cornerstone Ministries.

McCoole’s volunteer fire department has become inactive because of financial problems.

“We had one meeting and got mixed reaction, so we want to get together with the residents again,” said Dick DeVore, the county’s director of emergency services. “We are evaluating responses from Rawlings and Potomac (Westernport) fire companies about putting a substation in McCoole.”

DeVore wants to have a tentative plan by July 1, but points out that he wants the process to move forward with community support.

Currently, firefighting and rescue for the community along the West Virginia state line is being supplied by responders in Keyser, Westernport and Rawlings via mutual aid agreement.

DeVore encourages McCoole area residents who can’t attend the meeting to contact him with their thoughts (ddevore@allconet.org or 301-876-9155 extension 100).

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